Undertreatment of pain is a widespread problem and every 1 of 2 elderly experienced pain and are poorly managed as mentioned by (9). Another reason that contributes to pain, could be the misconception of the aging process, the stigma of the patient admitted for pain, difficulty in communicating pain and believing pain is part of the normal aging process (10). Some older people have the fear of the effects of medication for pain such as addiction, constipation or sedation, as a result, this group of older people do not convey their pain and suffer in silence
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, only 41% of adults within the United States suffering from a mental health condition, seek out treatment, leaving 59% of adults undiagnosed or untreated (NAMI). In today’s society, improper portrayal in movies and television, using illnesses as adjectives in casual language, uneducated posts on social media, and viewing common disordered symptoms as “quirky” or “cute” or in some cases "tragically beautiful", if not desirable, then demonized, is far too common and is a prominent factor in the decline of support for mental illness sufferers. This consequently contributes to an increase in feelings of invalidation for the affected. Awareness about the negative effects of glamorization and romanticization relating to mental illness needs to be properly spread to help reduce the number of sufferers refusing to seek professional help due to feeling invalid or undermining the problem.
(Population Reference Bureau) Over 43 million people in the United States, including 9 million children, do not have health insurance; the majority of these people are immigrants and people of color. Several factors explain the disproportionate rate of uninsured individuals in these racial and ethnic communities. Anti-immigrant laws leave thousands of people without access to health insurance, and a lack of interpreters and translated documents creates a language barrier for those with limited English proficiency. People of color also suffer from living in a discriminatory
Anosognosia in mental illness is when someone is unaware of their mental condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness an estimate of 50% of people with schizophrenia, and 40% of people with bipolar disorder are affected by anosognosia. It can also accompany illnesses such as major depression with psychotic features. 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment and over 1.7 million youth with major depressive episodes did not receive treatment. How are people who are unaware of their mental condition supposed to get help? The term mental illness ranges from a variety of disorders that can affect your mood, thinking, and behavior.
Unfortunately, there are consumers that have limited or no reading, comprehension skills whatsoever. Sometimes illiteracy brings about shame, lack of education and even poor health. Many cannot even fill out insurance paperwork with confidence about what they are filling out is. The lack of confidence brings about doubt, an uneasiness of understanding our healthcare system. The agitation leaves the consumer vulnerable and cut off from yet another part of the world leaving a road block between the healthcare provider and consumer.
Domestic Violence: Reasons, Effects and Prevention Domestic violence is a momentous phenomenon that can be encountered throughout the world and has been plaguing our society. As every act of abuse, it impacts the victim's health but also heavily affects severely the family dynamics and causes emotional distress that exceeds well beyond the physical trauma, while it also disrupts the society. Domestic abuse takes place due to several reasons linked with the personalities of the parties involved and their socioeconomic status. Most of the times the victims hesitate or are unable to help themselves. Regrettably, despite the progress and the advancement of society, abuse within the family is still considered
Within our society alone we have over 450 million people suffering from a variety of diseases (“Mental Disorders”, 2011). The questions remain, how can nurses improve taking care of individuals with mental health while utilizing a holistic approach. Healthcare is ruled by the monopoly of the pharmaceutical companies. Even with the aid of the medications that individuals need to survive, there are other ways to treat a person as a whole (Frances, 2014, p.1). Medications do not handle the social, emotional, and connections of an individual.
Social isolation, poor housing, unemployment and poverty are all linked to mental ill health. So stigma and discrimination can trap people in a cycle of illness. 5 The situation is exacerbated by the media. Media reports often link mental illness with violence, or portray people with mental health problems as dangerous, criminal, evil, or very disabled and unable to live normal, fulfilled lives. Research shows that the best way to challenge these stereotypes is through firsthand contact with people with experience of mental health problems.
The desired level of success has not yet been achieved for several reasons.Most people who could benefit from available control strategies, including treatment, do not have access to them. Modelers commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) determined that existing interventions could prevent 63 percent of all infections projected to occur between 2002 and 2010 (Stover and others 2002). Nonetheless, a 2003 survey
One of the most societal issues in American society is the negative consequences of drug abuse that affect not only individuals who abuse drugs but also their families and friends. The obvious effects of drug abuse which manifested in the individuals who abuse drugs includes their health, sickness and death. Paying close attention to an abuser's health is contracting blood borne illnesses such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS through injection drug use and the sharing of needles. Economically, the impact of drug abuse in businesses whose employees abuse drugs can also be significant. While many drug abusers are unable to attain or hold down employment.
Mental Health and Prisons An estimated 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental or behavioral disorders. These disorders are pretty common within prison populations. This extremely high rate of mental disorders in prison is closely related to several factors: the misconception that all people with mental disorders are a danger to the public, the failure to promote treatment, care, and rehabilitation, and the lack of access to mental health services. Many of these disorders are present before prison however, mental health disorders can also be developed during imprisonment due to human rights violations. From overcrowding, various forms of violence, enforced solitude, lack of privacy, concerns about the future, and inadequate health services in prisons its no secret that the mentally ill are mistreated and fallen through the cracks of the system.